Edwalton Primary School Parents' Association (EPSPA) COVID-19 Update
Ordinarily, EPSPA organises fun events throughout the school year at which children, parents, other family members and staff can meet and have fun whilst raising valuable funds for school. We are committed to raising £2,100 per academic year to support the running costs of the farm. In addition, in recent years, we have funded new ICT equipment, Lego, books for the library, sports equipment and work to outside and garden spaces to help further engage the children with the outdoors.
During the recent ‘lockdown’ we have had to cancel the spring discos, Easter egg hunt and summer fayre and in doing so have missed the opportunity to raise around £4000. As it appears likely that social distancing measures will continue for some time, it is hard to know when we will next be able to hold one of our traditional events and therefore we could end up missing out on up to £8000. Although we have enough in the bank to meet our commitments to the farm this year, the committee decided that we could not sit back and do nothing, especially as school needed support for a suitable Year 6 “send-off” and there are plans to further develop the outdoor spaces and farm, which we would love to support and see brought to reality.
There are currently four ways to get involved and support our school:
- Donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/epspa – here you are able to select the Gift Aid option if you are a tax payer and therefore increase your donation at no cost to yourself.
- Sign up to Amazon Smile and EasyFundraising before shopping online.
For Amazon Smile use the following link to select EPSPA as your chosen charity:
For Easyfundraising head to:
- Join the committee. We always welcome new members! Being involved with EPSPA is a great way to meet other parents and carers and make a difference to our fantastic school.
EPSPA is a registered charity with a formal constitution.
Interested in joining the Committee?
The committee typically meets at least once a month to plan events and discuss opportunities for supporting the school. There's always plenty to do and as the committee evolves on a continuous basis, it's easy to join and make your mark. The committee decides what time best suits to meet: at present most meetings are held in the evenings to facilitate attendance by those with daytime work commitments, although we would like to have at least one meeting per half term on a morning, for those who find it easier to meet during the day.
More information about the committee
What are the Committee roles?
The Chairperson provides leadership for the Committee and works closely with all the Committee members to ensure that the association is run effectively. He/she sets the date and agenda for meetings and chairs the meetings, ensuring everyone has a voice and all the key decisions are identified, discussed and agreed by the Committee. He/she ensures that the Association is operated in accordance with its Constitution.
The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that there are effective communication links between the committee members, the parents and carers and the school. He/she also typically writes and distributes the minutes of the meetings, co-signs cheques as required and writes the annual report with the Chairperson.
The Treasurer ensures that the Committee has agreed appropriate financial procedures. He/she is responsible for maintaining accurate financial records, providing for and accounting for cash floats at events, liaising with the bank as required and preparing the annual financial report.
The President is the Headteacher, Mr Thomas, or their nominated deputy. He/she provides support and advice to the Committee in terms of events and other fund-raising activities, liaising with staff, providing access to the school, reviewing and signing off on risk assessments. He/she identifies funding opportunities for the Association to consider and provides input on areas of greatest impact.
The other Committee Members play a vital role working alongside the Officers (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer). They often lead on particular projects (e.g. personalised Christmas cards) or events (e.g. an after-school event). We also have a committed team of helper members who lend a hand at events as and when they can. It's good fun and very rewarding to be involved, and a great way to help out without the commitment of regular meetings.
Contact us via the form below if you'd like to get involved, either as a committee member or a helper at one of our events or have a fundraising idea to share - we'd love to hear from you!